[ bahy-si-kuh l, -sik-uh l, -sahy-kuh l ]
/ ˈbaɪ sɪ kəl, -ˌsɪk əl, -ˌsaɪ kəl /
a vehicle with two wheels in tandem, usually propelled by pedals connected to the rear wheel by a chain, and having handlebars for steering and a saddlelike seat.
verb (used without object), bi·cy·cled, bi·cy·cling.
verb (used with object), bi·cy·cled, bi·cy·cling.
to ship or transport directly by bicycle or other means.
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Origin of bicycle
OTHER WORDS FROM bicycle
bi·cy·clist, bi·cy·cler, noun
Words nearby bicycle
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Example sentences from the Web for bicycle
Bicycle riders are prudent to fear being clipped by a passing car.
The excellent automobile road around the rim affords easy approach afoot as well as by automobile and bicycle.
Then Githa, who had been standing silently by her bicycle, suddenly assumed direction of the situation.
You can ride a horse, or a bicycle, and drive in the carriage or dog-cart.
I’ll hang my trousers; and you, Elizabeth, can hang your bicycle bloomers.
I expended another three marks on the hire of a bicycle, though I ran the risk thereby of going perhaps without Monday’s dinner.
British Dictionary definitions for bicycle
a vehicle with a tubular metal frame mounted on two spoked wheels, one behind the other. The rider sits on a saddle, propels the vehicle by means of pedals that drive the rear wheel through a chain, and steers with handlebars on the front wheelOften shortened to: cycle, informal bike
(intr) to ride a bicycle; cycle
Derived forms of bicycle
bicyclist or bicycler, noun
Word Origin for bicycle
C19: from bi- 1 + Late Latin cyclus, from Greek kuklos wheel
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